White House

Missouri educators recognized by White House

Four Missouri teachers were among the 2017 and 2018 awardees honored by the White House for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Katherine Lodes (St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis), Shelley Paul (Anderson Elementary, McDonald Co. R-1), Terri Politte (Duello Elementary, Wentzville R-IV) and Stacey Wade (Frontier Middle, Wentzville R-IV) are […]

Identity Theft

Mexican national sentenced for identity theft, illegally re-entering the United States

A Mexican national who illegally entered the United States at least a dozen times was sentenced in federal court for illegal reentry and for stealing a deceased person’s identity to obtain employment. Rigoberto Vasquez-Milan, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to life plus 72 years in prison for armed robbery conspiracy

A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a three-months-long conspiracy that included more than 27 armed robberies, culminating in the armed robbery of a Walgreens in Blue Springs, Missouri, in which a suspect was fatally shot by law enforcement officers. Shannon R. Thomas, 29, was sentenced by U.S. […]

Child Pornography

Truck driver, prior sex offender pleads guilty to child pornography

A Kentucky truck driver and prior sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court for transporting child pornography. Gregory Marshall, 58, of Paducah, Kentucky, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool. According to court documents, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped the tractor-trailer Marshall was driving on U.S. Highway 60 in Wright County, […]

United States and Japanese Flags

Audio: Missouri farmers expected to benefit from signed deal between U.S. and Japan

The U.S. and Japan have sealed a deal to help farmers, including in Missouri.     President Trump says the deals will give 126 million Japanese consumers greater access to high-quality American ag products, including corn, poultry, eggs, beef, pork, and wheat. Trump says more than 90-percent of U.S. agricultural imports into Japan will be […]

Convicted

Jury convicts two former corrections officers in Missouri of assaulting an Inmate

Two former corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center have been convicted by a federal jury of physically assaulting an inmate in violation of his constitutional protection against unreasonable force. “These corrections officers abused their authority by physically assaulting an inmate,” said U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison. “Our Constitution protects every citizen from the use […]

Indictment

Twenty defendants in Missouri indicted in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Twenty defendants, primarily residents of Kansas City, Missouri, have been indicted for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Most of the defendants were arrested during a law enforcement operation last week that resulted in seizures of firearms, heroin and other illegal drugs, and large amounts of cash. Ladele D. Smith, also known as “Dellio” and […]

Obama administration: Reduce focus on student loan collections

Missouri student loan default rates continue to decrease

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Missouri’s three-year loan default rate decreased four-tenths of a percent, keeping Missouri’s rate below the national average and lower than most of its neighboring states. Missouri’s student loan default rate dropped from 10.3 percent to 9.9 percent. The national rate decreased from 10.8 percent to 10.1 percent. More […]